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Reservation

Reservation in job promotion is a knot India has been struggling to untie

As a Supreme Court constitutional bench looks into the reservation in promotion policy, here’s how three landmark judgments have dealt with the controversial issue.
Supreme Court of India Justice Jasti Chelameswar during a book launch

Justice Chelameswar’s legacy is fraught with contradictions

Justice Chelameswar’s stepping out as a leader of the collegium is important, but as a judge in NJAC case, he privileged the executive as central to individual liberty and the structure of constitutional institutions. 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad | BJP Twitter

Dear Ravi Shankar Prasad, soul of Constitution resides not in images, but in its text

Since the text of the Constitution goes against the Hindu Right’s worldview, minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has to scavenge the manuscript to show us pictures to suggest its Hindu-ness.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad | BJP Twitter

Ravi Shankar Prasad’s weapon of choice against opposition is a copy of the Constitution

Be it at TV debates or seminars, the law minister often quotes from a copy of the original manuscript of the Constitution to support his government’s stance.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Building in New Delhi | Yasbant Negi/The India Today Group/Getty Images

Civil service recruitment needs real reforms, not ad hoc approach

By turning the foundation course into an obstacle course, we will really convert the ‘Happy Valley’ into a ‘Paradise Lost’.
Transgendered Dalits

Where are the archives of our Dalit Trans foremothers and forefathers?

Dalit transgender people are at the intersection of caste and diverse notions of gender, and are always the last people who make it into the annals of history.
A hindu and a muslim making a victory sign in a political rally in Gujarat

Secularism is just a word, but opposition will resist BJP bid to drop it from Constitution

The word itself may not be essential, but its removal will symbolise an assault on the spirit of Indian pluralism and religious freedom.
CM Siddaramaiah unveiling the state flag | Twitter

With a flag, Siddaramaiah appeals to Kannada pride and checkmates Modi

The Constitution is silent on states (apart from J&K) having their own flag, and in an election year, the Congress govt is planning to put the Centre in a quandary.
In January, a three member bench decided the matter required to be further debated by a larger bench | PTI

Why don’t Indians have a problem when heterosexuals have oral sex—even though 377 bans it?

Remember that Section 377 doesn’t criminalise ‘gay sex’ — it is the product of a homophobic mindset that targets queer people.

BJP shouldn’t be apologetic about amending Constitution. It should learn from Congress

The legislative might of Nehru and Indira Gandhi prevailed, even though the judiciary tried to save the Constitution from amendment.

On Camera

Vivek Oberoi as PM Narendra Modi during the shoot of his upcoming film 'PM Narendra Modi', in Varanasi | PTI

Only thing missing from Vivek Oberoi’s Narendra Modi is the cape

PM Narendra Modi fits perfectly as a sequel to Bal Narendra and as a prequel to Akshay Kumar’s ‘apolitical’ interview with Modi.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.